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Minneapolis at an energy crossroads
Featured Article filed under Energy | Written by John Farrell | No Comments | Updated on Sep 20, 2012

John Farrell Presents on Local Energy Options for Minneapolis

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/john-farrell-presents-local-energy-options-minneapolis/

What happens when a city’s franchise contracts with its incumbent electric and gas utilities expires?  A once-in-20-year opportunity to consider how its energy can be cleaner, more affordable, more reliable, and more local.  ILSR Senior Researcher John Farrell presents to Environment Minnesota’s Green Ideas and Ham policy breakfast, discussing the implications of an expiring franchise… Continue reading

German v US residential PV costs
Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by John Farrell | 5 Comments | Updated on Sep 20, 2012

Why Are Residential PV Prices in Germany So Much Lower Than in the United States?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/residential-pv-prices-germany-united-states/

Earlier this week, Lawrence Berkeley Labs released a marvelous comparison of residential PV costs in Germany and the United States, finally putting some detail to an enormous gulf in costs (nearly $3.00 per Watt).  The following chart (from page 35 of the presentation) shows the cost difference broken down into 9 categories, with ILSR’s addition… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 19, 2012

"How a Municipal Network Can Help Your City" Archive Now Available

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/how-municipal-network-can-help-your-city-archive-now-available

Last week, Christopher Mitchell of ILSR joined other broadband and municipal network experts to present the webinar “How a Municipal Network Can Help Your City” from the National League of Cities. Christopher was joined by Kyle Hollified, VP Sales/Marketing, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Bristol; Mary Beth Henry, Manager, Office for Community Technology/Mt Hood Cable Regulatory Commission… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Sep 18, 2012

Community Broadband Bits 13 – Curtis Dean of Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities

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Curtis Dean, the Telecommunications Services Coordinator for the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, joins us for our 13th Community Broadband Bits podcast. Curtis explains why Iowa has so many municipal utilities and why 28 of them offer some form of telecommunications service. We talk about why making sure everyone in rural areas has access to… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 18, 2012

EPB Fiber Increases Residential Speeds at No Extra Cost

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/epb-fiber-increases-residential-speeds-no-extra-cost

Chattanooga’s EPB Fiber just announced that current customers will receive a bump up in speed at no extra cost for its FI-Speed Internet service. Residential customers on three separate tiers will automatically receive an increase in speed with no increase in price. The upgrade has already happened and customers can immediately take advantage of the… Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 17, 2012

Cedar Falls Utilities Begins Rural Expansion

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/cedar-falls-utilities-begins-rural-expansion

We have watched Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU) for the past several years as they upgraded their cable to fiber and started expanding their municipal network outside town limits. The Iowa water, electricity, and telecom utility just commenced further expansion to bring broadband to more rural residents through wireless and fiber with a broadband stimulus award…. Continue reading

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Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 14, 2012

Forum on Local Broadband September 19th

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.muninetworks.org/content/forum-local-broadband-september-19th

The Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center (UCIMC) will be hosting what is sure to be an interesting online discussion about local broadband models. On Wednesday, September 19th at 4:30 CST, an expert panel will be presenting “Models for Building Local Broadband: Public, Private, Coop, Nonprofit.” The event will be held at Urbana City Hall in… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Sep 14, 2012

Tullahoma Rolls Out Smart Meters Using Public Network

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Last winter, we reported on Tullahoma, Tennessee’s plans to use their fiber optic network for an Automatic Metering Information system (AMI). At the time, city leaders has just started a series of informational meetings for customers. Tullahoma Utilities Board (TUB) technicians are now in the process of installing the new meters in the full service… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under The Public Good, The Public Good News | Written by David Morris | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2012

The Times They Are A’Changing. Or Are They?

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/times-achanging-they/

The recent colorful tirade by Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe against a legislator who demanded the Baltimore Ravens owner fire linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo for supporting gay marriage and the overwhelmingly positive response to it by football fans and players alike are heartwarming developments.  It shows how far we’ve come.  But the fact that voters in… Continue reading

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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by admin | No Comments | Updated on Sep 13, 2012

ILSR Named Community Broadband Organization of the Year for 2012

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://www.ilsr.org/ilsr-named-community-broadband-organizations-year-2012/

NATOA Press Release, September 8, 2012 In a September 8, 2102, Press Release, the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (NATOA) named the Institute for Local Self-Reliance one of the Community Broadband Organizations of the Year for 2012. The award will be officially presented at their 2012 annual conference in New Orleans on September… Continue reading